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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 30, 2005

Statement on Nuclear Security Cooperation with Russia

President Bush received the first progress report from a joint U.S.-Russia working group he established with President Putin in Bratislava to improve nuclear security cooperation to deal with one of the gravest threats we face- the danger that terrorists could gain access to nuclear material or weapons.

Since that time, the U.S.-Russia Senior Interagency Working Group on Nuclear Security Cooperation, co-chaired by Secretary of Energy Bodman and Federal Atomic Energy Agency Director Rumyantsev has examined ways to advance cooperation in five areas: (1) emergency response, (2) best practices, (3) security culture, (4) conversion of research reactors, and (5) nuclear security.

The report notes that the United and Russia have agreed to:

The Working Group is scheduled to report again on December 31, 2005.

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